Date: 6th September 2002
Winona Ryder's shoplifting case has been delayed again because her lawyer had business in another court.
The 30-year-old star had been expected to appear at Beverley Hills Court for the latest round in her long-running case.
But her lawyer, Mark Geragos, told Judge Elden Fox he had to be in another court and could not appear on her behalf.
The case was delayed until tomorrow.
There have been rumours that Ryder may be ready to admit her guilt in the case in return for a lenient sentence such as community service.
But it is now expected that pre-trial and trial dates will be selected tomorrow and the trial against Ryder is then likely to begin in the next 30 days.
The star of Girl, Interrupted (1999)
, Little Women (1994) and Mr. Deeds (2002) faces more than three years in jail if she is convicted of the felony charges against her.
She was arrested last December for allegedly stealing about £3,500 worth of clothing and accessories from exclusive Saks Fifth Avenue in Beverley Hills.
Ryder has denied charges of second degree burglary, grand theft, vandalism and possession of a controlled substance, the painkiller Oxycodone.
Source: Press Release